China Daily Mail

A man wearing a respiratory protection mask cycles along a road amid the heavy haze in Beijing A man wearing a respiratory protection mask cycles along a road amid the heavy haze in Beijing

Any failure to tackle China’s huge pollution problems in the coming years could stoke public discontent and create “social conflicts,” government researchers warned, underlining political concerns driving Beijing’s war on smog.

With pollution identified as a major source of unrest, China’s ruling Communist Party has promised to tackle a host of environmental problems brought about by more than three decades of breakneck economic growth, an environment ministry think tank said on Thursday.

The Institute of Environmental Planning, run by the Ministry of Environmental Protection, said China’s economy has now “basically said goodbye” to scarcity and the state was now having to meet rising public demand for a cleaner environment.

“There is a huge gap between how fast the environment is being improved and the how fast…

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